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Plunder raps to greet GMA once she loses immunity, says solon By Gerry Baldo 06/25/2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

Plunder raps to greet GMA once she loses immunity, says solon


By Gerry Baldo
06/25/2010
President Arroyo is going to face multiple criminal and administrative cases, including plunder, graft and violations of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Govern-ment Officials and Em-ployees, once she loses her immunity on June 30.

According to Rep. Teodoro Casiño of party-list Bayan Muna, one of the strong cases that would be revived against Arroyo would be in connection with the government’s botched ZTE-National Broadband Network (NBN) deal.
“The NBN-ZTE deal is a strong case against her,” he told reporters in an interview.

Casiño, referring to a Malacañang statement that Arroyo is leaving the Palace quietly, said the outgoing
President is going to lose her immunity from suit on June 30 and that it is now time to file the cases against her.

“There’s no going quietly for GMA (Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo),” he stressed. “She has to account for the nine years that she was President,” he said. “Arroyo is going to lose her immunity from suit the minute she steps down from Malacañang,” he said, adding that the target date for the filing of the plunder case would be on July 1 as June 30 is a holiday.

Casiño, however, noted that a big stumbling block to the move would be Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, an Arroyo appointee and classmate of First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo.... MORE

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